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Dateline: Events/Headlines – Week Of July 8, 1978 In News, Pop Culture, Tech, Celebrity, Sports, Entertainment & Fascinating Facts



In The News

President Carter, headed for West Germany and a seven-nation economic summit – trying to deflect foreign complaints about U.s. oil imports by pointing to the healthy trade surpluses of other nations.

Bonn – President Carter and West German Chancellor Helmut Schmidt, in a rare display of unity, joined in a condemnation of the soviet dissident trials.

More Bonn – Rosalynn Carter and daughter Amy, visit Beethoven’s birthplace and heard a composition played on the last piano he used.

Tigers have disappeared from the Indonesian island of Bali, are nearly extinct on the main island of java and are threatened on nearby Sumatra, the World Wildlife Fund says.

A man threatening to detonate what he called 80 pounds of explosives with a hand grenade, holds four people hostage as thousands flee the North Tower of New York’s World Trade Center building. The man claimed to speak only Polish. One of the hostages is a judge. 

John D. Rockefeller III funeral at Riverside Church, NY – “Daddy, rest in peace,” said West Virginia Gov. John. D. Rockefeller IV. “You have blessed and touched this world in good ways that will last forever.” Rockefeller 72 – died this week in a head-on automobile collision near his North Tarrytown, NY estate.

Moscow - Jewish activist Anatoly Shcharansky is sentenced to 13 years in prison for high treason for allegedly spying for the United States He defiantly proclaimed his devotion to the cause of “the liberation of Russian Jews.”

Ms. Lillian Carter – President Carter’s mom drank three bottles of home brew a day while nursing youngest son, Billy, has no use for organized charity and doesn’t ever intend to rot in a rocking chair. Her comments came at an informal meeting of members of Congress interested in the problems of hunger and population planning. 

President Carter’s smiling face is gracing a magazine advertisement for an airfreight company – but Emery Air Freight used the picture without any permission. The advertisement using Carter’s picture contends that when Carter has a package to ship, he uses emery “air force” rather than the U.S. Air Force. The company said in the past, it used pictures of Nixon and Kissinger in their ads without any problem. But, there’s little the White House can do. It’s really up to the magazines where the ad appears.

Spain - A flaming runaway truck carrying highly volatile liquid gas explodes into a Mediterranean beach area, hurling tourists from the beach into the sea in flames.

Princess Caroline of Monaco says it’s “tough” if the world thinks her wedding to Philippe Junot was too small. She also says she wants to have at least four children.

The head of the White House photo staff says President Carter’s new official photograph products a “more presidential” image.

Joan Kennedy says she is an alcoholic but that she has not had a drink for a year. It’s her first public admission.


Fascinating Business news – July 8, 1978

Lee A. Iacocca, one-time whiz kid of the Ford Motor Company is ousted as president by a unanimous vote of the board of directors. The departure comes after two years of speculation that he had fallen out of favor with Henry Ford II.


Sports news – July 8, 1978

Since his arrest on marijuana charges 2 ½ years ago, former major league baseball star Orlando Cepeda had maintained his innocence, Now Cepeda, 40, admits his guilt.

Dodger Steve Garvey drills a two-run single to tie the 49th All-Star game 3-3, then tripled to ignite a four-run eight that lifted the National League to a 4-3 victory. Garvey got game MVP.

Forego, three-time Horse of the Year, is retired as the second richest money-winner in racing history. Forego won $1,938,957 just shy of Kelso’s 41,997,896 total.

Bjorn Borg beats Jimmy Connors and wins the men’s singles at Wimbledon. Borg’s a 22-year-old Swedish millionaire who lives in Monte Carlo.


Entertainment/Celebrity news – July 8, 1978

9-Lives Cat Food Commercials - Morris – the orange-colored alley cat who became known in the trade as the Clark Gable of cat food television commercials is dead at the age of 17. In 10 years Morris, who was owned outright by Star-Kist, starred in more than 40 finicky commercials.

Actor Bo Svenson is arrested after he allegedly pointed a loaded rifle at a 15-year-old boy near Hollywood.  Svenson, who was carrying a .22 rifle with telescopic sight and wearing a full camouflage suit and combat boots, told police he was hunting a coyote. He told police he believe a coyote had killed a pet cat.


Music news – July 8, 1978

A Superior Court judge rules that pop singer Olivia Newton-John may not record with any company but MCA Records pending outcome of her contract dispute with the company.  Ms. Newton-John, clamed MCA had breached her 1975 contract by failing to sufficiently promote her records.

On “Midnight Special” this week – Host Helen Reddy with the Bee Gees, Earth, Wind & Fire, Linda Ronstadt, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, Neil Sedaka, Captain and Tennille, Aretha Franklin, George Carlin, Monty Python. And  - a salute to Alice Cooper.

Guitarist Bill  Wyman of the Rolling stones is hospitalized for observation after he lost consciousness in a fall off the St. Paul civic Center State. He has some pain, but will play the next concert. Wyman was walking off the stage and waving after the group had finished performing when he leaned against a curtain, thinking it was a wall. He hit his head and was unconscious for about 10 minutes.

Linda Ronstadt just signed a long-term contract with Asylum. Her next album, “Living in the U.S.A” is set to be released in September.

Singer Bonnie Tyler says she’s always sounded husky, but a throat operation in 1976 left her more husky.


Television news – July 8, 1978

Farrah Fawcett-Majors who has settled her suit with producer Aaron Spelling is set to return for three appearances on “Charlie’s Angels” this coming season.

“America 2Night” – is canceled by producer Norman Lear. It had good ratings on most stations, but wasn’t generating enough money to meet production costs. Originally called “Fernwood 2Night,” the series starring Martin Mull, Fred Willard and Frank DeVol was started up last winter as “America 2Night.” It is said that production costs were 3X higher than those of any other first-run syndicated strip-show.

On Saturday Night Live – A repeat with host Chevy Chase. Billy Joel is musical guest.


Monday night television listings/programs/TV guide – July 8, 1978

CBS – The Jeffersons, Good Times, MASH, One Day At A Time, Lou Grant

NBC – Little House on the Prairie, Made for TV Movie, Tonight, Tomorrow

ABC – Laverne and Shirley, Three’s Company, Carter Country, 20/20

PBS – Opera Theater, Dick Cavett


NBC Made For TV Movie – “In the Glitter Palace” – Chad Everett, Barbara Hershey. A young gay woman is accused of murder she says she did not commit.

Lou Grant – In a repeat – Lou and the staff have two Christmas stories backfire.  

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